Live like a Philadelphian!
Live like a Philadelphian!
Are you visiting Philadelphia, PA for: sightseeing, a getaway, a family reunion, a wedding, a convention, a conference, business trip, birthday celebration, or any other reason... then...
Come and enjoy a unique residence designed by a well-known architect and be situated in Center City. Our distinct furnished rooms come with queen or double beds (all with allergy and bed bug proof covers), linens, towels, and private bathrooms (one with a jacuzzi bathtub). Several also have relaxing outdoor decks.
With the oasis room, you get to enjoy an entire floor with 2 hypoallergenic queen beds, a large private bathroom with a jacuzzi bathtub, bubble bath foot massager, walk-in closets, internet (fastest consumer wireless available), cable tv, blu-ray/dvd player, an outdoor deck with a city scenic view, and more.
The oasis room is surprisingly very quiet for downtown Philadelphia. It is excellent for sleeping, relaxing, working, or studying.
The newest residence amenities include a queen sized sleeper sofa, breadmaker, sanitizing washing machine, sanitizing dryer, and the fastest wireless internet available. Other amenities include a full kitchen with a convection oven, convection microwave, toaster oven, toaster, mixer, tea kettles, coffeemaker, espresso maker, 50" high definition television, blu ray/dvd players, surround sound, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, and more. Other sleeping options which can be made available include pack n plays (for 2 year olds and younger), king sized memory foam toppings, and more.
A full hearty breakfast is included and available anytime before 11am. You are welcome to enjoy at anytime a wide variety of coffees, espressos, and teas.
With a 1 to 30 minute leisurely stroll, you can: 1) reach downtown Philadelphia and all its major tourist sites, 2) enter the Philadelphia Convention Center (~8-12 minutes), and 3) visit restaurants and shops with local and national flavor.
For unique multiday or group reservation packages, you are welcome to contact me.
Even if you are not staying overnight, the residence is an excellent place to host a private catered dinner party or other types of celebrations for up to 10 to 30 persons.
(Certain charges can apply for persons above 6 and certain amenities. The residence rental related mandatory Pennsylvania state and city taxes (currently, 15.5%) and other taxes, if applicable, are not included in this listing's rental rate or subtotal(i.e. airbnb accommodation fee), unless guests and hosts agreed otherwise. By making a reservation, guests automatically agreed to pay their remaining balance (which can include applicable taxes, parking, rides, lost key replacement fee, bounced checks fee, etc.) separately before or upon check-in. Additional services (e.g. parking, rides, etc.) are offered as paid nonairbnb amenities for guests and can be paid via or outside of airbnb. If airbnb is unable to collect airbnb rental related and nonairbnb service payments, guests agreed to pay for them via other payment methods. At check-in, guests sign an agreement for any keys, internet, remaining balance payment, and room access. For any lost key, a key replacement fee is assessed.)
With a 1 to 30 minute leisurely stroll, you can: 1) reach downtown Philadelphia and all its major tourist sites, 2) enter the Philadelphia Convention Center (~8-12 minutes), and 3) visit many excellent restaurants and shops with local and national flavor.
Many forms of public transportation are conveniently very close to the residence: 1. cabs (come regularly and frequently on one of the nearby streets) 2. subway lines for Philadelphia (SEPTA) and New Jersey (PATCO) (within 1-4 blocks), 3. many public bus lines (SEPTA) (within 1-3 blocks), and 4. interstate buses (Greyhound, etc.) (10 minute walk). In snow, sleet, rain, or sun, you can either walk outside or in nearby sheltered paths to the Avenue of the Arts, Broad Street subway (to the sporting complex), the Rittenhouse Square area, City Hall, business district, and Convention Center.
A cleaning fee can apply.
Comfortable place, weird layout/setup, very very friendly host.
Patrick was very accommodating to my arrival times. I arrived at 1am and Patrick was there to greet me. He was very nice and talkative, a bit too talkative, especially as i was tired and just wanted to get to bed. The breakfast options are a nice gesture but not needed. The kitchen is full, very.
This is a great place for someone that is looking for more than just a comfortable place to stay as Patrick is a host and then some.
Dan and his business travel companion were good persons to host overall.
When they knew that they would not arrive for their initial requested 11pm
check-in time, Dan was courteous to let me know at 10:12pm that they "may
be closer to 12." Also, he called me when they arrived in Philadelphia and
were walking to the residence. They left the room in a very clean
condition. I am glad that Dan's stay went well considering that: 1. Dan
mentioned he was a 1st time airbnb user and tired. 2. Dan made a same day
business travel reservation and I was able to quickly accommodate him. 3.
They said it was their 1st-2nd time in Philadelphia. 4. Delayed, Dan
arrived at 1am. (It was fine, because I had replied back earlier, saying
they were welcome to check in at 12pm or later.) 5. Despite being the
host, porter, front desk, bellhop, and concierge at the same time for Dan's
stay, I was able to get them: a) settled into the room in s business travel
companion was welcome to sleep, while we completed check-in and more. 6. I
carried most of their luggage up stairs (eventually to their room), served
Dan a glass of cold filtered water (I offered them refreshments and Dan
accepted), and showed them the common areas (which include a full kitchen
and hearty breakfast), and their room and room amenities in s business travel companion was welcome
to sleep, while we completed check-in and more. 10. Rational guests and
hosts would be upset or angry if a reserved room is given to others instead
of the persons who reserved the room. 11. In the 7-15 minutes, Dan: a)
used the bathroom, while I waited for him to come out and complete
check-in. b) knew how to access the included free internet, other
amenities (many important for sound, comfortable sleep and getting ready
for work), the room, and more, c) received important directions to his
business meeting (I offered to help and Dan accepted), d) stored his dinner
leftovers in the refrigerator and freezer (Dan had requested to do so;
Being shown earlier the refrigerator location was then worthwhile and
handy), and e) turned in for the night. 12. The check-in would have been
even quicker, if Dan had declined most of the above services and amenities.
They are welcome to come and stay again.
We loved the location and our room and all the goodies Patrick had available for breakfast and Patrick's really helpful orientation to what we could do in the very short time we had. He was so helpful to us with parking and everything. The room is a nice layout as you have the whole floor with a private balcony, big close, Jacuzzi tub, and two really comfortable queen beds. I would return again and recommend it highly to folks who need a safe and reliable and well-located place in Philly. Thanks, Patrick! Shawn and Jamie
The reservation was canceled 28 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Pattrick!!! u are such the wonderful host! ^^ We visit Philly for 4 days. We have a wonderful time with the very clean, and comfortable place. It's on the nice and convenient location! He provide us very delicious breakfast which u couldnot find in any other place (bakery, cereal, milk, yogert and delicious fruit!!! : all are free of charge! He's so kind!). Thank you for giving the nice memory of Philly. If we ever visit here again, we will SURELY come visit u!!!! ^_______^
Patrick knew the area well and tried to be helpful with dining suggestions. The location was fairly convenient for business I had at the Convention Center.
$121 + room tax of $18.15/ night. You can get larger and more comfortable hotel rooms with amenities in this area, for the same price or less!
We paid to park our van for 1/2 hour to check in, but Patrick kept us so long explaining the rules that while we were trying to be polite, we got a $36 ticket!
We had the third floor 'suite'. There was a guest on the second floor, and there were also three kids camped out in the living room on Saturday night.
The heat was erratic with cold breezes through the walls. It was obviously a problem as there were two mini electric heaters on the floor, but no way to control the heat ourselves.
Bizarre layout wastes a lot of space. There is no defined bathroom. The sink is at the top of the stairs (nonexistent hot water). The toilet is close by in a claustrophobic closet. The shower / tub (low water pressure- can't imagine filling the tub) is around the corner in an open area overlooking the stairs- you can see people on the stairs as you get out of the tub! There is a weird sitting area with a small old chair about three feet from the tub. In most houses this would be the area reserved for drying yourself off.
The beds- decent, inexpensive queen sized pillow-tops, are in a separate space- not much bigger than the beds themselves. A desk and bureau is squeezed at the end of one bed and a beat up chair at the end of the other- not much room to walk around. Whoever took the photos for this site was a master of the wide angle lens!
Food policy is 'make it yourself' if you want anything to eat or drink. Normally no problem, but on our first morning, the coffee maker had leftover grounds in the filter, the toaster oven took three cycles to toast stale bagels, and there was garbage in the sink.
The fridge needs a major cleaning. One milk carton had expired on Jan 10 and another on Jan 20- our stay was mid February. There was lots of food, but much had gone bad- dried out clementines and bagels, bruised and banged up apples and bananas.
Last unwritten rule- you are required to take off your shoes and leave them in the ground floor hallway. At $139 per night, I should be able to keep my shoes on if I choose.
After our first morning, we avoided the kitchen. In the end we left a day early; we forfeited a nights' payment and drove 6 hours home instead.
1. First, keep in mind that another guest, Barbara P, stayed for the same days as Mary and her husband did and wrote the following positive and completely opposite airbnb review: "First Patrick is wonderful a great host. He is gracious and welcoming. He provides a great breakfast with lists of different coffee, teas, cereals, fruit and yogurt. The room and facilities are very clean and the bed was comfortable. The location is perfect for walking anywhere in Philly. I would stay there again the next time I am in Philly". 2. The refrigerator is cleaned out regularly and its food items are checked. The food items are placed into certain sections, based on quality. Importantly, the food is good or still good, in contrast to what Mary wrote. (On Feb. 28, 2013, I took pictures of the fruit offered to Mary. People are welcome to request them and view them.) 3. I only offer guests quality breakfast items that are mostly obtained on the first day of their stay or regularly through their stay. Each food item is different in how long its quality lasts. For example, I offered Mary and her husband many fresh and excellent breakfast items (e.g. 1 unopened gallon of milk with the stamped date of Feb. 24, 2013, 1 3 lb. bag of apples, bananas, yogurt, bagels, breads, and more) that were obtained the day of their arrival, Feb. 14, 2013. Barbara noted all these items in her review. I personally inspected all the fruit and set them out for breakfast. None of the apples were bruised and the bananas were ripe. 4. Mary is wrong with some of the numbers and dates mentioned. Mary's taxes were $18.39 per night. The date stamped on one milk was Feb. 10, 2013 instead of Jan 10, 2013. Milk can be safe to drink and decent quality even on a date after the stamped date. In other places, I have tasted milk that spoiled before its stamped date. It depends on proper refrigeration and the milk. Also, there were some older bread and one bagel stored in the refrigerator. However, I did not offer these items to them for breakfast. It seems that Mary was not paying attention at times during check-in. 5. Of the ~ 40 pieces of fruit in the refrigerator, an occasional one has a small area of bruised skin, which does happen. 6. The kitchen sink was clean (no garbage) around midnight on the Mary's first stay day and mid morning on the 2nd day, since I personally inspected and cleaned the area. If there had been garbage in the sink, it was left by a guest and cleaned up by guests. 7. Mary is allowed to dislike the architecture design of the oasis room, its layout, its bathroom, and the room rate and taxes. People are welcome to check all of downtown Philadelphia and see if they can find a hotel with 2 hypoallergenic queen beds, a jacuzzi bathtub, an outdoor deck,...
Patrick's room is very close to the heart of city, and Patrick is a very good host, thanks him for taking an eye on my kids for hours.
and the park garage is available not far from the room, $17 a day.
I had a great stay in Phiadelphia at Patrick's appartment. He was a great host, the room was very clean and in a good and central location. Overall I can really recommend him as a host and the appartment for everyone who wants to visit Philadelphia.
I stayed here for a long weekend while I attended a conference at the Philadelphia convention center. The location was perfect (about a 10 minute walk from the convention center), the owner was extremely attentive and helpful, the place was spotless, our breakfasts were provided, the view from the 3rd story was excellent, and it was cheaper than the conference hotel.
The room was private, clean and very comfortable, with a locked door. The balcony has a nice view of downtown. The beds are very comfy! The location is excellent - close to everything downtown. Breakfast provided was "on your own", with plenty of things to choose from - fruit, bread, yogurt, juice, coffee, tea.
Very easy to reach by subway from the airport, or the host will provide you a ride for a charge.
The accommodations were great. The neighborhood is fantastic, it is really convenient. The beds were comfy and the room included a private bath and balcony. I would strongly recommend this, especially for a couple on a romantic weekend. The closet space in particular was really handy.
- I was a little put off by the host insisting that I pay taxes that were not included in the initial price. I have no problem paying taxes, but this should be included in the price or stated VERY clearly up front.
Overall, Andrea was an excellent guest and I would host her again. She
left the room in a clean condition and was reasonable with her remaining
balance (i.e. mandatory Pennyslvania state through Philadelphia city
taxes). Andreas was indeed "a little put off" when I mentioned the
remaining balance and taxes. However, she was slightly wrong in her
statement "should be included in the price or stated VERY clearly up
front." I agreed that these taxes should be very clearly stated up front.
However, I already do so before, during, and after the reservation is made.
1. The oasis room listing states, "Any mandatory Pennsylvania state and
city taxes are not included and are paid before or by arrival. By making a
reservation, guests automatically agreed to pay the taxes."
2. When I accepted Andrea's reservation request, we sent her the following
tax reminder "Mandatory state and city taxes are not included and are paid
before or upon arrival."
3. Since Andrea had questions about the taxes during check-in, I sent her
the following links in the airbnb guest and host sections which further
explains such taxes. http://www.airbnb.com/help/question/traveling/318 and
http://www.airbnb.com/help/question/hosting/164 Any guest can read these
sections before making a reservation.
4. I wish I do not have to collect the mandatory Pennsylvania state through
Philadelphia city taxes. However, it keeps the room rental legal. In some
cities, such as New York City, law enforcement have raided illegal and
unsafe places and kicked out all the guests, even while they are there.
Even San Francisco, the home of airbnb's headquarters, has been seriously
considering collecting taxes from every airbnb rental. Also, these taxes
goes toward excellent community services you will use during your stay.
On her checkout day, Andreas left a check payment for the taxes.
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